As a kid, I always had vivid dreams. Many of these dreams would come true, and my family and I did not know what to make of this. I was raised in a Christian family, went to church and everything was pretty standard. I later went to the University of Johannesburg to study Sports Management.
When I was in my second year of study, I started have more of these strange dreams. One day, when exams were about to start, I woke up and somehow I had lost interest in school and just wanted to go home. I had forgotten why I’d chosen to go to university at all. I called my mom and told her I wanted to return home.
Back in Benoni, I had more and more dreams and would channel the spirit without being trained, which is quite dangerous.
Then, in 2009, I heeded my calling and went to Mpumalanga for training. Six months later, I was a healer.
Once again I returned home and this time I asked myself – ‘What now? How will people know about me?’ I wanted to practice all the things I had been taught, but lived in quite an isolated area so I had no idea how to reach others.
Ultimately, I use the internet and social media to contact new people and educate them about ancestry
I decided to start a website. It was a platform to vent and express my thoughts and talk about the things I was going through. It was more about finding like-minded people who do the same thing. It was a way for me to connect and I posted articles every second day. In no time at all my Facebook wall had 2 500 followers. That is how I became who I am now – an i-sangoma – using the internet to do my work, maximise my reach and help people.
Ultimately, I use the internet and social media to contact new people and educate them about ancestry I don’t try to force my work on anyone, I write from my heart.
I do online readings where I conduct consultations over the telephone. That’s mainly because people want to learn about themselves, their ancestry, culture and about who they are and where they going. One can just pick up the phone, call and let me know whats wrong.
Many people have come to embrace this form of reading and many prefer it. Whenever I have to administer medicine, I can just send it through the post and it is delivered in a few days.
My clientele is very diverse, from Indians, whites to black people, and from the ages of 15 to 35. For the most part, I am consulted by educated people because they have access to the internet.
I have a constant flow of business and this is because I work on an appointment basis, although I am available 24/7. My clients reach me via email, SMS or telephone and I also offer counselling services.
People mostly consult me with questions about a negative situation. At that point, I need to think about how big the situation is and where it could lead. I consider how I can minimise the damage and help. I deal with the individual and find out what is troubling them. My role is then to communicate with them and their ancestors about what they need to do.
My family always gives me the space to do this. They know that when I’m on my cellphone, I’m not chatting socially, but liaising with clients. They are very supportive because they have seen the transformation from the the person I was before the training and who I am now. They appreciate it and how settled I am.
Nothing has changed in terms of me being a youngster. I communicate with my ancestors to let them know that while this is a big job that they have given me, I am still a kid – I have friends, I party and visit galleries.